WITHOUT doubt, the presence of a few “rotten eggs” in the 170,000-member Philippine National Police (PNP) continues to draw the ire of various sectors of society.
This, despite the PNP leadership’s total war against rogues in uniform as ordered by tough-talking President Duterte, whose six-year presidency ends at 12 noon on June 30, 2022.
Today, more and more people are seeing the importance of ridding the PNP, which is civilian in nature but national in scope, of corrupt, abusive, dishonest and lazy officers and men.
Thus, nobody was surprised when Duterte, the first Mindanaoan to hold the top political post of the land, signed a law transferring the jurisdiction on the training of police recruits to the PNP.
Actually, the new law transfers control of the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) and the National Police Training Institute (NPTI) from the Philippine Public Safety College (PPSC) to the PNP.
Under Republic Act (RA) No. 11279—based on Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson’s Senate Bill No. 1898—the PNPA trains commissioned officers, while the NPTI trains non-commissioned officers.
Lacson, a former PNP chief, said the new measure will help the police leadership in its internal cleansing program.
As shown during public hearings conducted by the Senate, cops found involved in crimes, such as bribery, extortion, kidnapping and illegal drugs, were relatively new policemen.
The hearings were conducted by the Senate committee on public order and dangerous drugs, chaired by Lacson.
PNP chief Director-General Oscar D. Albayalde welcomed Duterte’s signing of RA 11279, saying “wala na kaming rason kapag mayroong hindi magandang mangyari o mayroong pang-aabuso.”
In ridding the national police agency of “kotong cops” and other “rotten eggs,” every little step counts, like the transfer to the PNP of the training of police recruits.